Gas Safety Week: A tenants guide for staying Gas Safe

Gas Safety Tenants

Helping the public stay gas safe

tenants gas safe guide. We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2020, taking place 14th – 20th September.

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly and without warning. You cannot see it, taste it or smell it.

As a tenant, taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home, your loved ones and looking out for your local community.

Follow these few simple checks to keep you and others safe.

  1. 1. Check your Landlord’s Gas Safety Record. By law, your landlord must keep gas pipework, appliances and flues supplied for you to use in good condition. They must arrange a gas safety check of the appliances and flues every year and give you a record of the check. Therefore if your landlord refuses to provide you with one, you can report their details to the HSE: bit.ly/LGSRReport
  2. 2. Check any gas appliances you own every year. Your landlord is not responsible for gas appliances that you own. So you should arrange for these to be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at StayGasSafe.co.uk.
  3. 3. Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find or check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500, or ask to see their Gas Safe ID card when they arrive.
  4. 4. Check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing e.g. natural gas, domestic boiler. This information can be found on the back of their Gas Safe ID card and the Gas Safe Register website.
  5. 5. Check for warning signs that could indicate your (or others) appliances are not working correctly. Signs may include lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance, a pilot light that keeps going out and too much condensation in the room.
  6. 6. Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. They are – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
  7. 7. Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm and look out for your community by making sure your friends, relatives and neighbours have one too. You should check they are marked EN50291 and display the British Standards’ Kitemark.

For more gas safety advice for tenants and to find or check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at GasSafeRegister.co.uk.

PlusHeat uses only Gas Safe™ engineers, tradespeople and expertly trained staff to give you the finest, and safest, service available.

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Gas Safety Week: Landlords legal responsibilities for a Gas Safe nation

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Landlords legal responsibilities – Annual Gas Safety Checks

Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants. Landlords must make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2020, taking place 14 – 20 September.

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly with no warning, as you cannot see it, taste it or smell it.

If you’re a landlord, you are legally obliged to make sure:

  • ⦁ Gas pipework, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition.
  • ⦁ All gas appliances and flues provided for tenants’ use have an annual safety check. Your tenants can report you to the HSE if you don’t provide one, so it’s important to remember! You can set a free email and/or text reminder so you don’t forget, visit StayGasSafe.co.uk.
  • ⦁ A Gas Safety Record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in.
  • ⦁ You keep a copy of the Gas Safety Record until two further checks have taken place.
  • ⦁ Maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.
  • ⦁ All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting.

Before any gas work is carried out always check the engineer is qualified to carry out the work that needs doing e.g. natural gas, domestic boiler. You can find this information on the Gas Safe Register website or by checking the back of the engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Encourage your tenants to also check the card when they arrive at the property.

For more information and to find or check an engineer visit GasSafeRegister.co.uk.

PlusHeat uses only Gas Safe™ engineers, tradespeople and expertly trained staff to give you the finest, and safest, service available.

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Gas Safety Week: Fighting for a Gas Safe Nation

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Gas Safety Week: Fighting for a Gas Safe Nation

Helping the public stay gas safe

We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2020, taking place 14 – 20 September.

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly and without warning, as you cannot see it, taste it or smell it.

By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones.

 

Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe.

⦁ Check your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure your landlord arranges this. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at StayGasSafe.co.uk.

⦁ Look out for friends and relatives. Some people may be unable to arrange their own gas safety check or may be unaware of what they need to do to keep safe. Help your loved ones by ensuring that they have their appliances checked and serviced regularly.

⦁ Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find or check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

⦁ Check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing e.g. natural gas, domestic boiler. You can find this information on the back of their Gas Safe ID card and on the Gas Safe Register website.

⦁ Check for warning signs that could indicate your (or others) appliances are not working correctly. Signs may include lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance, a pilot light that keeps going out and too much condensation in the room.

⦁ Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.

⦁ Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm and make sure your friends and relatives have one too. Check they are marked EN50291 and display the British Standards’ Kitemark.

For gas safety advice and to find or check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.

Should I book a boiler service?

Having a regular boiler service can go a long way in keeping your home life running smoothly and avoid unnecessary disturbances to your daily routine.

A well-functioning boiler is an integral part of your home, providing a warm, comfortable home and hot water. So it is essential to look after it properly. The best way to take care of your boiler by getting it regularly serviced.

Did you know that an annual boiler service only takes around half an hour? Why should you book an annual boiler service?


  1. 1. Peace of mind

One of the most important reasons for a boiler service is that it helps to keep you and the people in your home safe.

A full inspection will give you peace of mind when it comes to your boiler. Your gas servicer will check all of the key components for signs of damage and wear and tear, as well as testing for gases.

Servicing your boiler can highlight any need for repairs before a broken boiler causes any serious damage to your health.


  1. 2. Safeguard your warranty

Your boiler warranty has some very important small print: you need to have your boiler serviced annually to keep it valid.

During your warranty, which could be up to 10 years, manufacturers require you to have an annual service to keep it valid. If you do not have a service once in every 12 months then your warranty could be void. If a problem occurs, you’re likely to be liable to pay the full repair costs involved. This is a standard stipulation across the whole boiler industry, and is there to promote safety and efficiency.

Boilers that aren’t regularly serviced can fall outside the terms and conditions of the manufacturer’s guarantee. Check yours and make sure you book in your boiler service with to keep it working efficiently.


  1. 3. Catch faults early

A boiler that is serviced regularly throws up any potential issues before it becomes a real problem.

Chances are, if you’re not a trained gas engineer, you won’t know about a problem with your boiler until you come to turn it on and it won’t ignite. During a service, your gas engineer will be able to identify and fix any underlying problems before it’s too late. No matter how small the issue with your boiler, ignoring it could lead to a more serious problem which could be much more costly to repair or lead to a safety issue.

Keeping your boiler serviced annually makes sure it is working properly and using fuel safely. Ensure you book in an appointment; it could prevent a fatal accident.

Save the inconvenience, time, money and hassle of dealing with a boiler problem.


  1. 4. Prolong your boilers lifespan

Remember, boilers can be costly to replace so look after yours to prevent unnecessary expense. While new boilers are more efficient than ever before, it is important to keep them this way.  A boiler that isn’t working to full efficiency is sure to be costing you money on your fuel bill. By regularly servicing your boiler once a year, you will keep it in good shape for far longer.


  1. 5. Legal requirement for landlords

If you are a landlord, remember you need a CP12 gas safety certificate so you must be confident your boilers are safe.  It is of paramount importance for you to get your boilers regular serviced and it is relatively cheap to do so.

Your certificate is a legal requirement and without it, you could end up with a hefty fine (far more than booking in for annual boiler servicing!).

Your heating engineer will deal with all your small issues before they become problematic, keep your warranty valid and give you a nice, warm and toasty home when you need it most!

Need to book your annual boiler service? You came to the right place. Get in touch with the PlusHeat team today.